4th C. Eric Lincoln Lecture Series, 1986 (audio)

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Dr. Patricia Johnson (Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources for state of Georgia) discusses the role of government in responding to poverty (within the context of Reagan administration budget cuts) in a lecture on poverty, racial discrimination and social welfare. She explains the history of social programs and their weaknesses from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan and distinguishes general social programs from social programs aimed at toward the poor. Other speakers include Dr. Walsh, Dr. Elias Blake, and other unidentified individuals. Corresponding video can be found by searching this file name: auc.093.b08t19.19830000.vid0039.

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00:00:57 Unidentified woman reads poem from pulpit.

00:03:04 Dr. Walsh welcomes attendees to the fourth annual C. Eric Lincoln lecture series in social ethics and introduces Dr. Elias Blake president of Clark College.

00:06:58 Dr. Elias Blake introduces the speaker, Dr. Patricia Johnson.

00:11:15 Dr. Patricia Johnson greets those in attendance and introduces her presentation focus : poverty, racial discrimination and social welfare in America.

00:12:51 Talks about the importance of keeping social problems under continuing scrutiny and debate.

00:13:26 Talks about the book entitled “Black Power Imperative” by Theodore Cross and the association between power and freedom.

00:18:01 Talks about President Richard Nixon and the failings of the social welfare system, and how the Reagan administration has restored the question of the government’s role in responding to poverty, power and racial discrimination.

00:19:28 Talks about the goal of Reagan administration to reduce the social welfare role of the federal government through budget cuts, deregulation, transfer of responsibility to states and to the private sector.

00:19:35 Talks about the history of the welfare system beginning in 1930 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation.

00:20:31 Compares and contrast social programs directed toward the poor with general social programs (i.e. agriculture price support, highway construction, public transportation, investment incentives).

00:22:00 Talks about racial inequality in general social program contracts, and its relationship to racial inequality in wealth.

00:26:42 Talks about weaknesses and confusion surrounding structure of social programs directed toward the poor in America based on misconceptions of welfare.

00:29:01 Talks about the weaknesses of AFDC program can be focused on the effect on family stability, impact on work incentives, and level of benefits.

00:33:18 Talks about African American voices who are against welfare like Addison Gale.

00:44:59 Talks about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he looked at the issues of poverty, racial discrimination and social welfare.

00:47:01 Dr. Elias Blake thanks Dr. Johnson gives remarks on capital formation.

00:58:32 Unidentified minster gives benediction.


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